Book Review: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty:

Love ignores every rule…

I don’t read Romance as a genre very often preferring instead to read SFF or Crime (which of course can and often do contain some romantic relationships). However I like many others have absolutely loved the Bridgerton series on Netflix and after binge watching the second series (so good!) and wasn’t quite ready to let it go so thought I’d give the first book of the series a read.

Its was a fun read even though I obviously knew a lot of the plot from watching the first series of the show. Having now read the book I can say that the show was overall very faithful to the book plot but with some added storylines as well (some of which I suppose may come from future information in the books).

The Bridgerton family on the page were just as enchanting as they are on screen, the book frequently made me smile. The biggest surprise for me was Colin, book Colin is much more playful than screen Colin who is overall a lot more serious.

I really enjoyed reading this one, it was a quick read and a bit of fluff was a nice change of pace to some of the darker books I’ve read recently. I have a feeling I’ll be working my way through the rest of these…

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